Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Posted By on May 5, 2015 in 2015, 2015, 2015 spring bird news | 

Red-Backed_Shrike_2015 05 05Red-backed Shrike, Meladia Valley © Steve P. Dudley

NOTICES

Bad behaviour
We’ve had a series of incidents recently – people entering the river at the Penduline Tits, sitting under the Kruper’s Nuthatch tree, entering a cropped field which caused the farmer to chase the pratincoles away, and blocking tracks stopping locals from going about their business. All these actions are unacceptable. We need to self police all sites at all times, be these nesting birds we are visiting, tired migrants resting in fields or whatever. And we also need to respect local people and their land and not trespass and trample their crops. On most occasions polite requests have resolved the situation.

Dirt tracks
Take care on all dirt roads. Most hire car insurance does not cover the underside of the car. Pay particular care on the following roads.

Dirt tracks are now being graded (e.g. main Metochi track and Meladia track from Eresos) – take care on newly graded tracks as there will be lots of loose stones and rocks which can kick up and damage the underside of your car.

Meladia Valley track From Eresos, OK in normal car WITH CARE as far as Meladia Chapel. From Sigri, OK as far as Old Sanatorium WITH CARE, but 4×4 required to get through to Meladia Valley. The track is currently being graded from the Eresos end but I don’t know where its reached (if you know please let me know).

Mt Ordimnos, North Coast, Platania and Konditsia tracks
4×4 recommended, track in poor condition in places.

BIRD NEWS

PENDULINE TIT
The pair still nesting to north of the main Tsiknias River ford on and off all day.
Please watch and photograph only from the west bank and on no account enter the river or attempt to access from the east bank. Thank you.

KRUPER’S NUTHATCH, ACHLADERI
Park before the white building as normal. Walk up the main track. Where the track bends to the left at the stream follow around to the left and up the hill. Around 30m before the clearing, walk into the trees to the left (I’ve been told the blue bag is back on the tree to view from) for about 30m then view to your right to look for the nest tree. Please see here for photo of tree to look for. Stay within the trees at a distance of 50m+ please. The birds are actively feeding young and visiting the nest every few minutes at peak feeding times. Birds expected to fledge this week.

DEMOISELLE CRANE
One one report today at 0630 this morning. Looked for but not seen after this time.

OLIVE-TREE WARBLER
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

RUFOUS BUSH-ROBIN
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

Christou (Kamares) River
DEMOISELLE CRANE adult – see above
GREAT SNIPE 1

Tsiknias River
Rufous Bush-robin 1
PENDULINE TIT 2 – see above

Moni Perivolis
LEVANT SPARROWHAWK male

Polichnitos Saltpans
CITRINE WAGTAIL fem
Tawny Pipit 1

North Coast track
RIVER WARBLER 2
Collared Flycatcher 1

Sigri & Faneromeni
SPUR-WINGED PLOVER 1
Lesser Grey Shrike 3
Red-breasted Flycatcher 1
Collared Flycatcher 3

Sigri old Sanatorium
Red-breasted Flycatcher male

Ipsilou
usual buntings, wheatears, etc

near Agriosikos
Marsh Warbler 1 along track on opposite side of main road to the Agriosikos track

Alikoudi Pool
Temminck’s Stint 4
Little Stint 100+
White-winged Tern 2

Metochi
Little Crake 2
OSPREY 1

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Short-toed Lark
Rufous Bush-robin 1
Red-throated Pipit

Meladia Valley
Purple Heron 1
Eleonora’s Falcon 1
Water Rail 1
Pallid Swift 70+
Common Cuckoo 1
Golden Oriole 2
Rufous Bush-robin 1
Red-backed Shrike 6
usual buntings, wheatears, Rock Nuthatch, etc

Agriosikos
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler

Kavaki
Ruppell’s Warbler

Soumouria (Agia Triada, Kalloni ‘Scops Copse’)
Scops Owl

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Hi, I’m Steve Dudley, your guide for your Lesvos day trips, proprietor of Lesvos Birding, author of A Birdwatching Guide to Lesvos and the person behind LesvosBirding.com.